THE NEW LIFE CENTRE
HIV/AIDS is a rapidly growing problem in Nepal, fuelled by ignorance about HIV prevention and brutal discrimination against people with AIDS. Such discrimination means the condition often goes undiagnosed.
NYF’s pioneering New Life Centre provides a transitional haven for HIV-positive children and their caretakers, most of whom are infected mothers. The programme’s doctor, nutritionist, and staff provide educational activities for the children and helpful trainings for the adults. Residents receive nutritious meals, medical care, and psychological counselling. This holistic approach is the only programme of its kind for HIV-positive children in Nepal.
Over 80% of the children arriving at the Centre are acutely undernourished and full of opportunistic infections. Three months after arriving at the Centre, more than 90% of the children return home at a normal weight, free of associated infections. The mothers go back with a working knowledge of hygiene, nutrition, and infection prevention, helping to prolong their child’s life. This comprehensive care model is a key to the Centre’s success.
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